When it comes to the world of dogs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is the nation’s leading authority since it was founded in 1884. The AKC is a registry of purebred dogs in the United States, also promoting and sanctioning events such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the National Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

The largest and only not-for-profit dog registry in the world, AKC’s reach extends beyond the sphere of purebred dog owners and breeders. The organization strives to be the resource for every dog lover, working to serve all dogs and owners and educating people on responsible pet ownership.

As such, AKC has become an innovative licensor in a wide array of product categories targeting dogs and their people. The organization works with licensees on many product initiatives and has expanded the categories where it has a presence. 


Consolidating two brands under one roof can create hurdles and uncertainty, but Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse have successfully shared resources while leveraging a larger imprint in the shoe industry to demand more consideration from the major footwear brands.

For the most part, the transition has gone smoothly because of the operational overlap between the two stores, despite catering to different customer bases. “They both have an intersection where they have similar products,” explains President and CEO Mark Lardie. “The best shoes are the best shoes.”


As the licensing arm of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Players Inc. certainly has a lot of star power to work with. After all, it can take advantage of the athletic prowess and celebrity status of NFL players, as well as the massive popularity of the sport. But according to Steve Scebelo, vice president of licensing and business development, the NFLPA doesn’t have to go it alone.

“We have a lot of conversations around looking to innovate and create new products and programs for players,” he says. 

“The market has been receptive. A healthy number of innovative, prospective licensees are coming to us with new ideas, while we are continually seeking new product extensions.”


For more than two decades, House of Blues has excited audiences with a wide variety of musical flavors, but now the company wants to tantalize taste buds as much as eardrums. The House of Blues Bayou Heat Hot Sauce is just one of the many products the renowned music venue offers as part of its push into the licensing world, an effort that includes guitar picks, mugs, clothing and even cornbread mix.

Through licensing, parent company Live Nation, one of the world’s largest live entertainment and e-commerce businesses, is turning House of Blues from solely a place for live performances into a brand synonymous with the music lifestyle. By collaborating with product manufacturers, House of Blues can place its name in grocery stores, retailers and upstairs markets to give the brand access to a broader variety of consumers. "Licensed products allow House of Blues to connect with fans outside of our venues and reinforce the memory of their experience," notes Allison Meyerson, vice president of merchandise. 


Church & Dwight products are all over your house, but you might not know it. Open your pantry and you’ll likely find Arm & Hammer baking soda. Did you get a stain on your shirt? Go to your laundry room and get out the OxiClean. Have a toothache? Open your medicine cabinet and grab your Orajel.

With 97 percent brand awareness and 75 percent household penetration, Church & Dwight has an extensive portfolio of brands that many consumers encounter on a daily basis, whether in their own homes or in retail stores.


Each week, 13 million people in the United States, and many more millions worldwide, tune into WWE programming to see the sports entertainment juggernaut’s Superstars and Divas do battle inside – and often outside – of the ring.

There’s no shortage of opportunities to watch the company’s engaging and colorful storylines play out on television, either on Monday Night RAW, the company’s live, three-hour flagship weekly show airing on the USA Network; or other programming, including Smackdown, which will join RAW on USA next year. More than 1.3 million people also subscribe to WWE’s over-the-top digital streaming service, the WWE Network, to see its monthly pay-per-view (PPV) events and access its massive library of original and archived content.

Cable television isn’t the only place to experience the brand. Smartphones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles and other mobile devices are also portals into the “WWE Universe,” as the company’s fanbase is known. 


A wildly popular card game coupled with devoted fans is the perfect equation for a gaming company’s success, but the relationship it has with licensing partners is equally important.

Such is the case for Steve Jackson Games (SJ Games), the developer of a wide variety of card, board and dice games as well as books and magazines devoted to game enthusiasts. The company has 40 employees and had sales of $8.5 million in 2014.

SJ Games was founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, and has realized considerable success with myriad releases. But none has enjoyed more popularity than Munchkin, which the company describes as ”dungeon crawling without all that annoying roleplaying junk in the form of a card game. It’s fun, it’s funny and it’s our top seller ever.” 


Last year was a big year for one of Sony Pictures’ most popular and enduring properties, as the movie “Ghostbusters” marked its 30th anniversary with an successful celebration that included a partnership with Gallery 1988 for an art exhibit, a limited theatrical re-release of the original 1984 film re-mastered in 4K across select markets (including the U.S.), a promotional partnership with Krispy Kreme donuts, and an assortment of top preforming classic merchandise, all of this to lead to the January announcement of a new movie with an all-new cast for slated for July 22nd, 2016. Both the original and new “Ghostbusters” figure to be major components of Sony Pictures Consumer Products’ licensing efforts for 2015 and 2016, and Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Gregory Economos says that speaks to the company’s extensive stable of classic and new properties.

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